Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his
might.
              Verse 10. Finally]  Having laid before you your great
     and high calling, and all the doctrine and precepts of
     the Gospel, it is necessary that I should show you the
     enemies that will oppose you, and the strength which
     is requisite to enable you to repel them.
        Be strong in the Lord]  You must have strength, and
     strength of a
spiritual kind, and such strength through
     an
indwelling God, the power of his might working in
     you. (Adam Clarke, Clarke’s Commentary, A Classic
     Help of Better Understanding of the Bible, Matthew -
     Revelations:  Volume VI, Romans to Revelation
     (Nashville: Abington /World Publishing, 1977, 467-468)

        Here is a general exhortation to constancy in our
     Christian course, and to courage in our Christian
     warfare. Is not our life a warfare? It is so; for we
     struggle with the opposition of the powers of
     darkness, and with enemies who would keep us from
     God and heaven. We have enemies to fight against, a
     captain to fight for, a banner to fight under, and
     certain rules of war by which we are to govern our-
     selves. "
Finally, my brethren (v. 10), it yet remains that
     you apply yourselves to your work and duty as Christ-
     ian soldiers." Now it is requisite that a soldier be both
     stout-hearted and well armed. If Christians be soldiers
     of Jesus Christ.
         I. They must see that they be stout-hearted. This is
     prescribed here:
Be strong in the Lord, &c. Those who
     have so many battles to fight, and who, in their way to
     heaven, must dispute every pass, with dint of sword,
     have need of a great deal of courage.
Be strong there-
     fore,
strong for service, strong for suffering, strong
     for fighting. Let a soldier be ever so well armed without, if he
     have not within a good heart, his armour will stand him in
     little stead. Note, Spiritual strength and courage are very
     necessary for our spiritual warfare. Be strong in the Lord,
     either in his cause and for his sake or rather in his strength.
     We have no sufficient strength of our own. Our natural                       
     courage is as cowardice, and our natural strength as                  
     perfect weakness; but all our sufficiency is of God. In his
     strength we mus go forth and go on. By the actings of
     faith, we must fetch in grace and help from heaven to
     enable us to do that which of ourselves we cannot do, in
     our Christian work and welfare. We should stir up ourselves to
     resist in a reliance upon God's all-sufficiency and the omnipotence
     of his might. (Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the
     Whole Bible, Volume VI., Acts to Revelation, Old Tappan: Fleming
      H. Revell Company, n.d.), 718).

                    Ephesians 6:11a
     Put on the whole armor of God . . .


             
              


















                  
Verse 11.  The apostle considers every Christian to have a
      warfare to maintain against numerous, powerful, and subtle foes;
      and that therefore they would need much strength, much courage,
      complete armor, and skill to use it. The
panoply  which is mentioned
      here refers to the armor of
heavy troops among the Greeks; those
      who were to sustain the rudest attacks, who were to sap the founda-
      tions of walls, storm cities, &c. Their ordinary armour was the
shield,
      the
helmet, the sword, and the greaves or brazen boots. To all these
      the apostlerefers below. See on ver. 13.
                 
                                                      
 Ephesians 6:11b
       . . . that we may stand against the wiles of the devil.
      The wiles of the devil.] . . . The methods of the devil; the different
       means, plans, schemes, and mechanations, which he uses to deceive,
      entrap, enslave, and ruin the souls of men. A man's method of sinning
      is Satan's method of ruining his soul. See on chap. iv. 14. (Adam Clarke,
      Clarke's Commentary, A Classic Help of Better Understanding of the
      Bible, Matthew - Revelations:  Volume VI, Romans to Revelation (Nashville:
      Abington /World Publishing, 1977, 468)
      II. They must be well armed: "Put on the whole armour of God (v. 11),
      make use of all the prayer defensitives and weapons for repelling the
      temptations and stratagems of Satan-get and exercise all the Christian
      graces, the whole armour, that no part be naked and exposed to the
      enemy." Observe, Those who would approve themselves to have true
      grace must aim at all grace, the whole armour. It is called the armour of    
      God, because he both prepares and bestows it. We have no armour of
      our own that will be armour of proof in a tyring time. Nothing will stand
      us in stead but the armour of God. This armour is prepared for us, but
      we must put it on; that is we must pray for grace, we must use the grace
      given us, and draw it out in act and exercise as there is occasion. The
      reason assigned that the Christian should be completely armed is
that
      he may be able to against the wiles of the devil
-that he may be able to
      hold out,and to overcome, notwithstanding, all the devil's assaults,
      both of force and fraud, all the deceits he puts upon us, all the snares
      he lays for us. . . . (Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the
      Whole Bible, Volume VI., Acts to Revelation, Old Tappan: Fleming
      H. Revell Company, n.d.), 718
-719).
                      Ephesians 6:12
                     







                    
                                   "For
we wrestle not against flesh and blood, . . ."
                Verse 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood] Our wrestling
      or contention is not with men like ourselves: flesh and blood
is a
      Hebraism for
men, or human beings. . . .
         
 Here it signifies warfare in general.
          Against principalities] . . . beings of the first rank and order of their
      kingdom
          Powers] . . . derived from, and constituted from the above.
          
The rulers of darkness of this world] . . . The rulers of the world; the
      
emperors of the darkness of this state of things.
          
Spiritual wickedness] . . . The spiritual things of wickedness; or, the
      spiritualities of wickedness;
highly refined and sublimed evil; disguised
      falsehood
in the garb of truth; Antimonianism in the guise of religion.
          
In high places] . . . In the most sublime stations. But whom are these
      of whom the apostle speaks? . . . But commentators . . . think that by
      principalities, &c., we are under different orders of evil spirits, who are
      employed under the devil, their great head, to prevent the spread of the
      Gospel in the world, to destroy the souls of mankind.
          The
spiritual wickedness are supposed to be the angels which kept
      not their first estate, who fell from the
heavenly places but are ever
      longing after striving to regain them; and which have their stations in
      the
regions of the air. "Perhaps," . . . "the principalities and powers
      
remain mostly in the citadels of their kingdom of darkness; but there